The Kairos Collective Foreword
Elle Decoration © Laura Fulmine & Jake Curtis

Buying cheap is expensive. Our parents and grandparents knew this, and would decorate their homes with inherited pieces mixed with modern furniture to stand the test of time. Luckily for them they lived in an era when even mass made furniture was largely good quality: hence why they still have the likes of Ercol or G Plan—the Ikea of their day— kicking around their living rooms.

The hangover of this way of decorating endures but it has become problematic. With the advent of cheaply made, mass-produced furniture, people often choose to demonstrate their personality using inexpensive accessories or furniture that will serve their purpose and then be replaced. We have been educated to play it safe with key pieces and our own personality.

“The best homes do not get made from one visit to one store, they are built up over time with souvenirs, inherited furniture and then key pieces we find in a whole range of stores”

The Kairos Collective believes in showing courage in—and commitment to—your own tastes. Take risks investing in key pieces, paying attention to craftsmanship, style, air. We believe that furniture can still be treated like fashion—in what you choose, as well as how you buy it. There’s a reason why grandmothers kept Chanel jackets and still cherish them, even if trends come and go. Good design should be approached the same way. It is about having the daring to identify your taste, to trust your instinct and to choose your tribe. If you treat your home a place to collect memories, to archive your changing tastes (including, yes, some mistakes), then there will be nothing in it that you do not love. Trends date, your own taste will probably not. Have pride in your pleasure.

This hyper-personal approach does not mean we are anti-decorators. We believe it is crucial to nd one that appeals to your taste, someone who is part of your tribe. Your choice of furniture says so much about you, and the best decorators can read that immediately, and help you translate this outlook into 3 dimensions in the process. They should be the channel for adding interesting tricks to a home, rather than impinging a personality on it. A decorator with a signature look is a thing of the past.

Béton Brut © Laura Fulmine & John Short

The best homes do not get made from one visit to one store, they are built up over time with souvenirs, inherited furniture and then key pieces we find in a whole range of stores (premium, indie, even the high street). They are eclectic and sometimes messy. They are vessels of memories and escapism. They are our own museum.

Have the guts to tell the story of yourself in our own four walls—that is how we make our homes unique. Having the access to a range of places to do that is how we can set our own agenda and is why The Kairos Collective has been created. The Kairos Collective creates choice so that you can set your own rules and then happily live inside of them.